Matt Hughes Talks Job & Fighting KOS & Penn, Again

Posted on July 22, 2013, 03:50 PM by Brian Cox
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Matt Hughes, UFC Vice President of Athletic Development and Government Relations or UFCVPADGR for short, just got back from a European summit on athletic development and in speaking with “MMAWeekly.com”, catches fans up on his job and a couple of other things.

Hughes acknowledges that he’s new to the job and learning while on it, but nonetheless, he wants to do his best to help fighters and is currently trying to come up with ideas to accomplish that goal.

The former UFC welterweight champion sees his first task as increasing fighter “financial awareness…let’s see if we can’t get these fighters some tax help right-off the gate when they get their check”, he statedand that he believes that putting their money directly into something, he was unclear on what the something was, but nonetheless, to get them tax help immediately and so that fighters could save more of their money, is a good idea.

Out of interest and in contrast, it would be interesting to see the advice that Matt would give a fighter who made 8 grand and that which he gave to a fighter who had made a million.

Another issue that seems to be on Matt’s mind is that of creating a “stress-free environment pre-fight” for fighters. As fighters generally have their pre-fight rituals, Hughes’s exploits in this area could prove interesting to follow.

As an off-the-cuff idea, perhaps Matt could meld the two ideas together into some kind of Spa / Tax consultancy backstage of the events.

On other issues, he believes that a hybrid version of himself and Robbie Lawler would be a great fighter and the guy that comes closest to that hybrid, is Johnny Hendricks.

The former champ said he still gets the itch to fight and that he “would love to fight anyone whose beat (him).” To that end, he specifically mentioned Koscheck and Penn and that “yeah” he’d fight them, however, at age 39 Hughes is unsure if the fans would want to see those fights.

Hughes stated:

“The UFC does very good at…they put fights on TV that people want to watch, so my personal agenda would be out of the question when it comes to puttin’ it on TV.”

Both ways, the gauntlet has been thrown down and Koscheck and Penn have an open invitation to fight the UFCVPADGR, should they wish and should Dana say… “What the heck, why not?”

Should Matt get a match with either (and it’s odd that GSP wasn’t on his list), it would be interesting to see how Hughes the fighter would react to Hughes the UFCVPADGR, in giving himself advice on his taxes and pre-fight stress relief.


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  • enjoylife321
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    UFC Accountancy advice : Ok your fighting twice per year and are being paid $8,000. Your total income is $16,000. What I would suggest is you buy a 4000 sq metre development block and start building apartments. Or you could invest the money in blue chip shares. Your choice.

    FIghter: But my rents $10,000 per year which leaves me $6,000 for food and bills.

    UFC Accountant: There is plenty of cream there to invest if you live on the streets you will save $10,000.

    Fighter: Thanks UFC, for ages I was thinking I was underpaid.

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  • Brian Cox
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    It really is laughable when you think about it.

    Brian Melancon made 16K for his win @ UFC 162. What type of advice to you give a fighter on 16K of (pre-costs) money? Had he lost, he would have only made 8K...what tax advice would Hughes give a fighter with an 8K check and before expenses?

    The whole thing is laughable.

    That said, I'm dying to see how he addresses fighter pre-fight stress.

    Overall, he's a great UFCVPADGR, though; best UFCVPADGR, ever.

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  • dana&patrick; star are 1 person
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    how about matt hughes vs frank the real deal shamrock?

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  • Entity
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    pre-fight stress? Thats where the chicks that couldnt make ring girl come in 8P

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  • Michael Stephensen
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    I imagine Brian Melancon is fighting 3 times a year and so will take in 30,000 - 45,000 depending on his record. He is training five hours a day and so like the rest of us can work half time for another $15,000. He will get $5,000 for endorsements at his level.

    He's not getting rich but he's not poor either.

    Reply 9 months ago
  • Entity
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    They could always buy 3 houses for 10k in Detroit for a long term investment 8P
    Stick with your current job Matt, dont want to see another 10 second knockout like BJ did to you.

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  • enjoylife321
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    I think Matt may be better driving tractors and feeding feed animals.

    Reply 9 months ago